Hair Transplantation in Huntsville, Alabama
Hair transplant surgery, like all other forms of plastic surgery, is an art. It requires an expert surgeon and a trained hand to create the most natural appearing results that are undetectable to even the keenest eye. At Steve Latham Hair Transplant Clinic in Huntsville, Alabama, we are fortunate to be associated with the finest hair transplant surgeons in Alabama.
The decision to take action against hair loss can be, for some individuals, a difficult one. By choosing the most qualified hair restoration expert, the decision becomes an easier one to make.
Surgical Hair Restoration is a permanent method of restoring your hair. Once a hair has been transplanted it grows for life. With micro-surgical hair transplants the process of hair growth is not altered, therefore resulting in a completely natural and undetectable look.
What Is Hair Transplant Surgery Like?
The process begins with an evaluation of the donor area by our consultant to determine whether or not you are a candidate for this procedure and to personalize a treatment plan to your individual needs. Sufficient donor hair is needed for successful hair transplantation. Hair transplantation is a very safe, minor surgical procedure involving removing a small section of tissue from the back or sides of the scalp. This area contains healthy hair follicles that are genetically programmed not to shed. The tissue is then carefully dissected into single follicular graft units. The grafts are then meticulously placed into the thinning area of the scalp to create more volume and fullness.
The hair transplant procedure will take anywhere from 2 to 6 hours to complete. You can return to normal activities within hours of the procedure. The hair shaft may be shed after a week but the follicle remains and goes into a resting phase and will begin to grow at three months and will continue to grow at the same rate as your natural hair. Results are usually complete in 8 to 12 months. The transplanted hair does not require special maintenance and it will keep growing for a lifetime. You will be able to cut and style it way you wish. Now the hair you admire can be your own.
FUE: Follicular Unit Extraction
In general, two harvesting techniques are used to provide natural results. These are known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT).
With Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), individual hair follicles are carefully removed from areas of normal hair density or areas of undesired hair. This is done with a specialized instrument to delicately extract the individual follicles and minimize injury to the hair.
Once the donor hairs have been removed, the individual follicles are then microscopically inserted into the areas of desired hair growth. Small stab incisions are made in the scalp accommodate the hair follicles. FUE is ideal for patients who wear their hair short and do not wish to have a surgical incision within the hair-bearing scalp. FUE does not require any sutures.
With Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), also known as the strip procedure, a strip of hair is removed from the back of the scalp. Sutures are then used to close this donor site. The incision is meticulously closed to minimize the chance of scarring and/or alopecia (hair loss). This strip of hair is then microscopically dissected by Dr. Ladner’s expert team of hair technicians. This dissection creates individual follicular units similar to the FUE technique, and insertion is performed in an identical fashion.
Hair growth can be seen as early as four months with full results between six and twelve months. Together, with Dr. Ladner, the appropriate surgical plan will be determined. Depending on the individual patient’s needs, the procedure length can vary between 1 and 6 hours. These procedures are generally performed under local anesthesia with oral sedative medications.